AMD Previews "Hawaii" GPU-based Graphics Card

AMD Previews "Hawaii" GPU-based Graphics Card!

Aloha "Hawaii" GPU!

Following this morning's opening speech by Raja Koduri, VP of Visual Computing at AMD, who kick started the company's GPU14 Tech Day event by setting some broad goals and emphasis in how the GPU team will focus its upcoming efforts, the company went on to titillate the tech media this evening aboard the USS Missouri battleship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with the next generation AMD graphics card using the "Hawaii" GPU core.

Matt Skyner, Corporate VP & GM of Graphics Business Unit and AMD Canada GM, proudly showed the media of the next discrete graphics card that will carry on AMD's heritage and commitment to gaming. It is said to be based on the R9 290X "Hawaii" GPU core.

Supposedly sporting the brand new R9 290X GPU (name and specs yet to be confirmed), this unnamed card will be AMD's new torchbearer through this year and part of next year. Apart from what was previously leaked about he GPU, we can't comment if the details are accurate or how much of it is valid, but stay tuned for more details coming soon as AMD's GPU14 Tech Day will commence fairly soon. For now, we've some close-up shots of the graphics card to whet your appetite:-

Here she is in all its glory, the heir to the "Tahiti" based Radeon HD 7970, this graphics card will boast the "Hawaii" based R9 290X GPU and is just as large as any other top-tier discrete graphics card.

This is another shot showing its top view. The card seems to be fully covered in a new cooler shroud that completely envelops the top, front and most of the bottom of the graphics card. Also noticeable is that the card is no thicker than two expansion card slots.

Over at the rear side of the card, this reference unit is left bare and you can notice solder ball joints of the numerous memory chips that are mounted on the forward side of the PCB. We counted a total of 16 memory IC spots, which should give you either a 2GB or 4GB graphics memory options.

Power input is handled by a pair of graphics power connectors that require a 6-pin and an 8-pin connection. This is no different from the current Radeon HD 7970.

Display output options differ a little in the form of dual DVI outputs, an HDMI and a full-sized DisplayPort. For the previous two generations, AMD opted for dual mini-DisplayPorts, but this could yet change.

Now for those of you wondering the significance of launching the new graphics card aboard the Battleship, this is to tie-in the fact that AMD is closely working with EA Games on the imminent beta release of Battlefield 4, one of the most well received first-person shooter games around. Said to be officially launched around the Christmas holiday season this year, AMD is offering EA gaming hardware and expertise to help with in-game performance tuning, compatibility checking and smooth operation with other AMD-centric options like Eyefinity, CrossFire and more.

To find out what else AMD will be announcing at the GPU14 Tech Day, do check out the live stream of the event.

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